On Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, Hollywood celebrated its stars at the 88th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre.
Although the ceremony officially began at 8:30 p.m., the entertainment started hours before when actors, actresses and creatives walked the red carpet, showcasing incredible designs.
Some female stars gravitated towards a springier aesthetic with pastel hues, including Heidi Klum in Marchesa, Sophie Turner in Galavan and Jennifer Jason Leigh in Marchesa.
Cate Blanchett dominated this trend in a stunning mint green Armani Privé gown, embellished with floral appliques.
Some female stars donned more dramatic and revealing ensembles. Plunging necklines, plunging backs and slit skirts were all over the red carpet.
Charlize Theron opted for a sexy yet sophisticated plunging red gown by Dior Haute Couture. Brie Larson accepted her statue for Best Actress wearing a cobalt chiffon plunging Gucci gown.
Charlotte Riley also opted for a more risqué look, in her black lace and satin gown by Gauri & Nainika.
Rachel McAdam’s jade August Getty Atelier gown revealed her skin with a high slit and a plunging back. Kerry Washington showed some leg as well in a vampy black and white Versace dress.
White was another popular color on the red carpet. Olivia Wilde, in a Grecian-inspired Valentino haute couture dress, and Priyanka Chopra, in one of Zuhair Murad’s famous “naked” dresses, sported more traditional white silhouettes.
Lady Gaga’s white Brandon Maxwell pants suit departed stylistically from other more traditional ensembles of the same color.
Rooney Mara’s white gown, a gorgeous Givenchy piece constructed from textured lace, was one of the best on the red carpet.
Other stars opted for more decorated looks, like Daisy Ridley, the newest “Star Wars” heroine. Ridley walked the red carpet in a silver Chanel Haute Couture dress, which featured intricate beading and embellishments.
Tina Fey’s Atelier Versace, Naomi Watt’s Armani Privé and Reese Witherspoon’s Oscar de la Renta shared a deep purple hue and strapless silhouette.
Classic black also appeared in the red carpet ensembles of many female stars, including Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture, Jennifer Garner in Atelier Versace, Julianne Moore in Chanel Haute Couture, Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren Collection and many more.
Women were not the only ones to bring high fashion to the red carpet. Male stars arrived in stylish ensembles, both traditional and contemporary.
Leonardo DiCaprio, who finally took home an Oscar for Best Actor, opted for a timeless tuxedo by Giorgio Armani.
Jared Leto brought some color into his look through the red accents on the edges of his black Gucci tuxedo.
Eddie Redmayne maintained a classic silhouette with his Alexander McQueen ensemble, but added some interest through the tuxedo’s black velvet.
Some of the biggest fashion statements were brought to us by the smallest of stars. “Room” star 9-year-old Jacob Tremblay walked the red carpet in a tiny and tasteful Armani tuxedo. He completed his look with perfect accessories: Darth Vader socks and “Star Wars” themed cuff links.
This year’s Academy Awards honored some incredible talents while showcasing incredible designs and upcoming trends.